->''"Like most people, I didn't meet and talk to Rant Casey until after he was dead."''
->--'''Wallace Boyer (☼ Car Salesman)'''

''Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey'' is a novel by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk in the form of an [[ScrapbookStory oral biography]]. It covers the life and death of Buster Landru "Rant" Casey through a series of contradictory firsthand accounts, each of which usually mean [[DoubleEntendre at least three different things]], most of which appear shallow, misinformed or even [[UnusualEuphemism downright absurdist]] until TheReveal.

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!!Contains examples of:

* ApocalypticLog: It is subtly implied that the setting ''used'' to be real, before [[spoiler: the Historians started changing everything. As in, [[ParanoiaFuel this world being described was ours, but it changed to the reality we know and never noticed, just like we won't notice when it happens again.]] ]]
* ArcWords:
** Boosting, the Daytimers, the Nighttimers and Party Crashing.
** Everything Neddy Nelson says.
** Reporting for Graphic Traffic, this is Tina Something...
* [[CantTakeAnythingWithYou Can't Take Anything With You]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** Many minor characters consistently ramble about grand conspiracies, paranormal activities and seemingly nonexistent technologies that may lead the reader to ignore them. [[spoiler: Most of them are spot on.]]
** There's a big example early on, when one of the minor characters goes on about a conspiracy theory [[spoiler: involving Jack the Ripper time-traveling to become his own father.]]
* CloneDegeneration
* CloneJesus: Inverted, as the book suggests that [[spoiler: Jesus himself may actually be a clone resulting from a man going back in time to rape Mary.]]
* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: [[spoiler: Green Taylor Simms accumulates superhuman powers by recursively raping his mother in the past, with the time-loop making him stronger each time it completes.]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: More and more characters appear to be orphans as the story unfolds. Although [[spoiler:it may simply be themselves returning to the past to kill them to achieve immortality.]]
* {{Expospeak}}: One third of the way in, an entire chapter is dedicated to Shot Dunyan explaining boosted peaks. It's at this point that the novel becomes [[GenreShift science fiction]].
* {{Fingore}}: More like toegore. That poor, poor stripper...
* ForegoneConclusion: The testimonies are given after Rant Casey's death.
* FutureSlang
* GambitPileup
* {{Kidanova}}: Rant did everyone as a kid. ''Everyone.'' Girls in his class, at least one teacher...and [[{{IBangedYourMom}} your mom.]] Really, he did his friend's mom.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* {{Masquerade}}: As it turns out, the story takes place in the dystopian future where urban dwellers are separated into two social classes, the Daytimers and the Nighttimers, the latter's lifestyle involving demolition derbies known as Party Crashing.
* MyGirlIsASlut / MyGirlIsNotASlut : Played around with very complexly with Echo. [[spoiler: She is not a slut, but she makes a living off pretending to be one, telling her clients a story of sexual abuse and exploitation so horrible that they can't bring themselves to have sex with her and keep her on the payroll out of pity.]]
* MyGrandsonMyself: By the conclusion of the narrative, [[spoiler: it's revealed that three characters are the same person from different timelines, one of which has been elevated to a superhuman level of power by raping his own mother and becoming a walking, breathing TimeParadox, and the other two trying to stop this from happening.]]
* NoLongerWithUs: Inverted. [[spoiler: Rant's not dead. He's just in the past trying to stop himself from killing his mother.]]
* NoPeriodsPeriod: [[{{AvertedTrope}} Ha ha,]] [[{{Squick}} you wish.]]
* TheNoseKnows: Rant has a supernatural sense of smell, allowing him to divine people's health from their scent, and being able to be able to identify women by...[[{{Squick}} well, see above.]]
* [[spoiler: OedipusComplex]]: This does not even begin to describe [[spoiler: Green Taylor Simm's problems.]]
* ScrapbookStory
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Many characters are guilty of this, especially the scientists, but none of them are as guilty as Green Taylor Simms.
* {{Tearjerker}}: The [[spoiler: rape of Irene.]] Doubles as absolute {{Squick}}.
* {{Technobabble}}
* ThatLiarLies: Speakers occasionally accuse each other of lying for selfish reasons.
-->'''Echo Lawrence:''' ''Consider the source. Maybe Shot Dunyun just wants to slip back in time without any competition.''
-->'''Shot Dunyun:''' ''Bullshit.''
* ThePlague: Maybe? Well, [[spoiler: Rant spreads a rabies epidemic which renders boosting technology unusable. Also, having rabies lets you go back in time. Really.]]
** There's a reason for that, as [[spoiler: the Government apparently boosts a constant effect to everyone that prevents the state necessary for time travel. Without a working port, you're free.]]
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Rant ends up using all of the information given to him by Green Taylor Simms to [[spoiler: stop him from raping his own mother.]]
* TyphoidMary: Rant contracts rabies and then causes an epidemic that inadvertently leads to a ZombieApocalypse.
* UrbanSegregation: Sort of. The dichotomy is completely time-based (see {{Masquerade}} above) with the justification of enabling [[UsedFuture "effective use and maintenance of infrastructure".]] This is supposedly motivated by overpopulation, although Lynn Coffey views it as nothing more than systematic oppression.
* VomitChainReaction: How Rant got his nickname.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Echo Lawrence is notably absent from this (Although it is said in the audiobook that she is "missing and presumed immortal").
* XMeetsY: Film/BackToTheFuture, DonnieDarko and demolition derby shenanigans worthy of TheRoadWarrior
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[spoiler: The events in the book turn out to be the result of Rant failing to prevent Green Taylor Simms from raping and killing his mother. It is implied that the current reality is the result of all the time-traveling and all the events resolve to a universe where the novel is considered a work of fiction.]]
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